The first leg of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League playoff qualifiers were completed on Wednesday night with another lot of interesting results.
The win came after the weekend’s disappointing Premier League loss to Aston Villa and will surely give the Gunners fans hope after a dismal beginning to the domestic campaign.
German club Schalke 04 were held to a 1-1 draw by Greece’s PAOK in Gelsenkirchen ahead of next week’s return leg in Thessaloniki whilst Austria Vienna beat Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 on the road.
Swiss champions FC Basel gave themselves every chance of qualifying with a 4-2 away win over Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad thanks to a double from Mohamed Salah and Polish side Legia Warsaw held Steaua Bucharest to a 1-1 draw in the Romanian capital.
The return legs of Wednesday night’s fixtures will occur next Tuesday, August 27 whilst Tuesday night’s matches will reconvene next Wednesday, August 28.
2013/14 UEFA Champions League playoff qualifiers
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO): 0 (red card: Ante Rukavina 71’)
Austria Vienna (AUT): 2 (Marin Leovac 68’, Marko Stankovic 75’)
Steaua Bucharest (ROM): 1 (Federico Piovaccari 34’)
Legia Warsaw (POL): 1 (Jakub Kosecki 53’)
Schalke 04 (GER): 1 (Jefferson Farfan 32’)
PAOK (GRE): 1 (Miroslav Stoch 73’)